During the time leading up to Jesus’s crucifixion, he spoke to his disciples about what was soon to happen. Jesus meant to prepare them for his eventual crucifixion and resurrection. Jesus spoke of being glorified in relation to his crucifixion. Jesus did not limit his upcoming experience to his crucifixion, but saw beyond this to his burial and resurrection. Jesus knew that in order to live that he needed to be willing to sacrifice his life. “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (John 12:24).
Jesus taught his disciples that whoever loved his own life and glorified themselves in the flesh, could never experience real life. Jesus urged his disciples to follow his example of self sacrifice and denial of self. Despite his conviction that he must lay down his life for the world, Jesus was troubled by what was ahead of him. Nevertheless, his desire was to do the will of the father who sent him. “Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again”” (John 12:28).
Jesus spoke also of his ascension following his crucifixion and resurrection. The purpose of which was to lead people to salvation and communion with the father. “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself” (John 12:32). His message and mission is the salvation of the world and to draw people out of darkness into the light.
In chapter 13, Jesus spoke of his betrayal by Judas and gave him the instructions to act quickly. “When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him” (John 13:31).